GOOGLE HUAWEI blocks from using applications including Maps and GMAIL on their phones
Google today confirmed that it has blocked Android updates on Huawei phones to comply with a US government order listing the Chinese company in blacklist.
Last week, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning the Chinese company from using US technology without permission from the government.
Google said it "complied with the request and reviewed the contents," but assured Huawei users that their current phones would continue to work.
Huawei is currently the third-largest smartphone brand in the UK after Apple and Samsung, accounting for 12.4% of shipments in 2018, according to the analytics strategy.
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Google said that "Google Play and Google Play Protect security will continue to work on existing Huawei devices."
In other words, you'll still be able to download apps from the Google Play store and take advantage of Google's built-in malware protection for Android.
For Huawei users questions regarding our steps to comply with the latest US government procedures: We assure you that while we comply with all US government requirements, services such as Google Play and Google Play Protect will continue to work on the current Huawei phone.
However, the block is likely to block future Android system updates from accessing Huawei devices.
Google apps like Google Play Store, Gmail, and Google Maps may not appear on future Huawei devices.
Instead, the Chinese company will rely on the Android version available through an open source license, which is very limited in its features.
Huawei said it will continue to provide security updates and after-sales services for all existing Huawei and Honor smartphones and tablet products.
This includes those that have been sold or are still in stock worldwide.
"Huawei has made significant contributions to the development and growth of the Android system worldwide," the company said in a statement.
"As one of the major global partners for Android, we have worked closely with the open source platform to develop an ecosystem that has benefited users and industry alike.
"We will continue to build a safe and sustainable ecosystem in order to provide the best experience for all users worldwide."
However, Ben Wood, head of research at CCS Insight, said any flaw in getting updates to the software or related applications could have significant implications for Huawei's smart phone business.
"We still do not understand clearly what Google told Huawei and what elements of the Android operating system may be constrained, so it is not clear what the implications are," he said.
People who currently own smart Huawei phones do not need to worry, according to Wood.
"At the moment, any actions will only affect future equipment and future updates," he said. However, many Huawei phone owners are concerned about news that their devices will not receive Android or Google app updates in the future.
According to consumer censorship, anyone who can buy a phone over the Internet in the last 14 days can return it under consumer contract regulations. If you own the phone longer, you may have difficulty returning it.
"In this case, your consumer rights are limited as there is no defect in these phones," said Kate Bevan, editor of Who's. Computing. "However, if you purchased a phone in recent weeks, it may be useful to check your return policy for retail sales."
Alternatively, you can trade your Huawei device to get another brand for smartphones if you're interested in not receiving future updates. According to MusicMagpie's website, there has been a 25% increase in the number of exchanges from Huawei this morning, compared with Monday morning average. "This shows that Huawei users are preparing for a possible change in the device if more restrictions are imposed on the Chinese handset manufacturer," said Liam Hawley, director of marketing at musicMagpie.
He added that the value of the Huawei's leading devices such as the P20 and P30 have declined significantly in the past year. "The P20 has fallen significantly by 81%, while the P30 released just last month has already fallen 46%," he said.
If you plan to buy a new Huawei or Honor phone, it may be worth the delay right now, so it's clear what the company plans to do.
Tristan Rainer, chief editor of Android, warned that buying Huawei's future phones would be a "real risk" under restrictions.
"Huawei's future machines will be very influential without Google Applications